Legendary Nanaimo Bars

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  • Ingredients for Bottom Layer
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (European style cultured)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 5 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups graham wafer crumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped almonds
  • 1 cup coconut
  • Ingredients for Middle Layer
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 8 teaspoons cream
  • 2 tablespoons Bird’s vanilla custard powder
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • Ingredients for Top Layer
  • 4 1-ounce squares semisweet chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter


  1. For bottom layer, melt first 3 ingredients in top of double boiler. Add egg and stir to cook and thicken. Remove from heat. Stir in crumbs, coconut, and nuts. Press firmly into an un-greased 8-inch square pan.
  2. For middle layer, cream butter, cream, custard powder, and icing sugar together well. Beat until light. Spread over bottom layer.
  3. For top layer, melt chocolate and butter over low heat. Cool. Once cool, but still liquid, pour over second layer and chill in refrigerator.

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